Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pope Francis: Daily Roundup


  • Francis: 'Christ Defends Us From the Insidiousness of the Devil' Zenit. 04/17/13. Continuing his catechesis on the Creed, Pope Francis focused on the significance of Christ's Ascension into heaven during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square. An estimated 50,000 faithful were present at the audience according the Holy See Press Office.
  • Pope Francis calls on Bostonians to "not be overcome by evil" Vatican Radio 04/16/13:
    His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley
    Archbishop of Boston

    Deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes me to assure you of his sympathy and closeness in prayer. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s peace upon the dead, his consolation upon the suffering and his strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good (cf. Rom 12:21), working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.

    Cardinal Tarcisio BertoneSecretary of State

  • Pope Francis wishes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI a Happy Birthday 04/16/13:
    [Tuesday] morning, on the occasion of the birthday of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, the Holy Father Francis began the celebration of Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, inviting all those present to pray with these words: “Today is Benedict XVI's birthday. We offer the Mass for him, so that the Lord be with him, comfort him, and give him much consolation.”

    During the morning, Pope Francis then made friendly a phone call to Benedict XVI to wish him a happy birthday as well as to extend his greetings and best wishes to his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who has been at Castel Gandolfo for several days, staying precisely to celebrate in a familial and fraternal way, today's occasion and who will in turn celebrate his saint's day, St. George, this coming 23 April, just as Pope Francis will.

  • Pope Francis reaffirms Vatican's call for reform of U.S. nuns' group, by Carol Glatz. Catholic News Service. 04/15/13:
    Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican's call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

    Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns' group that he had "recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this conference of major superiors."

    The doctrinal congregation met April 15 with the LCWR leadership and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who had been assigned by the Vatican to oversee the reform of the pontifically recognized leadership group.

    Or, as Abby Olheiser ( phrases it: Pope Francis Will Follow Through on Benedict's Crackdown on "Feminist" American Nuns".
  • Pope Francis says Catholics still need to enact teachings of Vatican II, by Cindy Wooden. Catholic News Service. 04/16/13.
  • Pope Francis: appeal for persecuted Christians Vatican Radio. 04/04/13. Pope Francis asked the faithful on Sunday to pray for their brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering persecution. “Let us pray especially for Christians who suffer persecution,” he said, adding, “ – [and] in these times, there are many Christians who suffer persecution, a great many, in many countries: let us pray for them from our heart, with love, that they might feel the living and comforting presence of the Risen Lord.”
  • Pope warns against careerism in the Church La Stampa "The Vatican Insider" 04/15/13. “Inconsistency is undermining the Church’s credibility. One cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life ”


  • Five thoughts on the pope's new 'G8', by John Allen Jr. 04/14/13:
    A Vatican announcement Saturday that Francis has named eight cardinals to advise him on governance represents the first concrete step toward the reform that was so much in the air during the run-up to the conclave that propelled a Latin American outsider to the papacy. Twenty-four hours later, five points seem most noteworthy about the "G8" that will likely be the new pope's most important sounding board. ...

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  1. Friday, April 19, 2013
    Italian Socialist government says churches have been loaned to the Catholic Church and they belong to the State.

    Ministry of Interior plaques are being placed on the front door of churches in Rome.

    Religious Buildings Foundation of the Italian Ministry of Interior (Fec)

    It is a very special case within the Italian public administration panorama. The Religious Buildings Foundation (Fec) stands for a cultural heritage including artistic, art book and natural assets, second in importance only to that of the Italian State itself.

    Set up in 1985, it is a body with legal personality represented by the Minister of Interior and administered, at central level, by the Central Directorate for the administration of the Religious Buildings Foundation (Department for civil liberties and immigration) of the Ministry. At provincial level, it is managed by the prefectures.

    The assets belonging to the Fec are the following: architectural assets spread all over the national territory (more than 700 Catholic churches, including abbeys, monumental basiliques and world-renowned churches, and museums) and the works of art contained in them; art book assets (the Fec Library, containing a collection of 300 ancient books published since 1552); natural assets, woods and forests (the Tarvisio forest in the province of Udine, the natural estates of Quarto Santa Chiara, in the province of Chieti, and of Giardinello in the province of Palermo).

    The Fec heritage, mostly made up of sacred buildings and works of art kept inside them, dates back to the end of the 19th century when, in compliance with the so-called ‘subversive legislation’, religious orders were dissolved and most of their assets allocated to the State. The Fund is responsible for the preservation, the renovation, the protection and the enhancement of its assets. Sacred buildings, in particular, are freely loaned to the Catholic Church and open to public worship.- from the Ministery of Interior,Italy website.(emphasis added)